Austria – Austria reports mixed foodborne illness picture for 2021

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Salmonella and Campylobacter reports increased in Austria this past year but were still below levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Listeria infections went down, a number of clusters were detected and an outbreak was solved.

In 2021, the number of human isolates sent to the National Reference Centre for Salmonella increased from 906 in 2020 to 1,048. However, this was still well below pre-coronavirus levels.

Salmonella Enteritidis was the most frequent serovar with 375 isolates. For Salmonella Typhimurium, including the monophasic variant, there were 242 human isolates in 2021, an increase compared to 166 in the previous year. Salmonella Coeln was third followed by Salmonella Infantis.

One national outbreak caused by monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium was registered in 2021. A total of 31 people from seven federal states fell ill.

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